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New Archives Card

I don't like the idea of this new card to replace the CARN card (which is not acceptable everywhere) in September. I can't see that 90,000 new cards are going to be enough and although we will not have to pay (apart from bringing a passport photograph) there are some serious issues in my view, not least that the national archives in the separate parts of the UK have their own systems. I was told ...
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LMA opening hours

I have just been informed by their Quarterly newsletter that there are to be changes from September for their late-opening days. "In summary, from Monday 3 September 2018 LMA will be open: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 09.30-16.45; Wednesday 09.30-19.30; Friday closed; and 11 Saturdays a year (usually the second in the month) 09.30-16.45". I do have sympathy where there were as many staff as researchers (about 6 researchers from 6-7pm). Does make me wonder the ...
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Kent parish records online

It is good to see that the records at Maidstone are going to be available online (with indexes!) but Kent is a difficult area to research as some records are in Greater London (e.g. Greenwich) and the Medway towns (Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham) area have their own archives. I hope it will not lead to less researchers at the brand-new archives office in Maidstone!, it all depends of course on good transcriptions.
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What methods are there for digitising ؟

What methods are there for digitising historical maps that match contemporary georeferenced maps?
I am trying to create an overlay between different (digitised) historical maps and the current map of a city in GIS. What methods are there to reconstruct historical maps in such a way that they accurately overlap with modern geodata?
I currently have the digitised version of three historical maps which were drawn at different scales (1:10.000, 1:5000, 1:2000) and in different ...
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Antony Marr on Civil Registration

Thanks to Antony for his article on this topic in June's WDYTYA magazine - several things there that I have found out the hard way before, and a few more that I hadn't met at all. I just have to try to remember them...

As a spin-off, I thought it might also be useful to draw further attention to the various sites such as and to warn that there may be slight differences ...
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Digitised images: what is the point?

I do not see what the point is (apart from protecting the documents long-term) of allowing Findmypast (or others) in digitising records (Norfolk Is the latest) and then not to index or transcribe them, as with the Leicestershire Electoral Registers. How many hours will it take researchers to browse the images, imagine the 1921 Census without indexing/transcribing. In my view these companies should be stopped from making money at reseachers' expense.
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1939 Register now on Ancestry
This is Ancestry's attempt at the 1939.

The images have the same redaction, of course ...
Images have been redacted to protect the privacy of those still alive and we will be annually adding records for those with birth dates over 100 years or if a record of the death has been reported to The National Archives. Images will also be updated to reflect the opening of the record. All indexes have been created ...
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Using archive offices

Although this is from last year from Northamptonshire Archives ( I think the sentiments apply to all archive offices and that we use them as much as we can, subject to where they are located.
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Windrush Generation

We should all be concerned about the reported destruction of the landing cards in 2010 by the Home Office as this could and may apply to other records which are useful to researchers and living individuals. We know that at one point the Home Office were going to destroy the British Nationality records until The National Archives (TNA) (for once) stopped it but not before a number were destroyed and even now some have 'disappeared'. ...
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The National Archives extended opening hours

TNA are going to open on Thursdays in May and June 2018 until 9pm, the bad news is that you have to order documents by 4pm! ... june-2018/
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